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We Need to Check Your Thinking: How identity politics is warping police priorities from within

Dr Richard Norrie and Hardeep Singh, September 2022

Richard Norrie and Hardeep Singh examine the role of identity politics and how it is warping police priorities from within. The authors take a critical look at the police’s fundamental commitment to impartiality and their role in contentious matters of a political nature.

This book looks at the dramatic increase in ‘non-crime hate incidents’ (NCHIs) over a five-year period through a series of Freedom of Information requests. The authors find that NCHIs have been applied ‘in a manner inconsistent with freedom of speech.’

Norrie and Singh discuss the role of the College of Policing, criticising this body for ‘a progressive reorientation of the police.’ This work examines how the College of Policing has deepened the influence of identitarianism and looks at the recent ‘Race Action Plan’ as an example of how the organisation is encouraging identity politics, based on the radical political ideology known as ‘critical race theory.’

This reorientation is compounded by an ‘infrastructure of identity politics’ within the police through Independent advisory groups (IAGs). The authors criticise these groups for being ‘opaque’ and find they are dominated by ‘identitarian activists.’

We Need to Check Your Thinking includes a foreword by Dr David Green and reveals how police priorities are being distorted by identity politics. The authors conclude that the police are in breach of the College of Policing’s own Code of Ethics, particularly in regard to impartiality and call for the police to be called to account for their practices to reduce the role of identity politics and return the police to their traditional role of protecting the public.

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